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Sep 22, 2015 - I made it! (cue the Rocky theme song...)

Tuesday. ....Ok, more like the Big Bad Wolf huffing and puffing song. We'll come back to that later but I take back what I said yesterday, Lois & Jack, about the altitude posing no problems! Back to the beginning of the day: super early start with Abel picking us up at the hotel at 6:40am. Mario Andretti Jr. drove us to downtown Puno where we picked up a young Canadian couple and their guide then a short trip to the docks where we boarded our boat for the day. The boat was a convergence of a good number of people and their guides. Sitting...

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Sep 21, 2015 - Hitting "Puno York City"

Monday. Happy birthday to Jef and his sister, Lisa, born on the same day 15 years apart! They both love vanilla cream pie as their cake of choice; I hope Lisa gets hers but it looks like Jef will not! But he did get a nice breakfast at the buffet this morning :). A not-too early start, we met Juliana in the lobby at 8:45am for our transfer to the airport. Since it's a domestic flight, we only needed to be there an hour ahead of time. Check-in went fine, catching the plane went fine and arrival went as scheduled. The airport is actually in...

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Aug 24, 2015 - A few days at Lake Titicaca

Being so high and also being the dry season, the air is exceptionally dry, we woke many times during the night to drink water and lots of it. When we woke up we were not disappointed by the view or the weather, it was a beautifully clear day and the hotel is situated right on the shore of Titicaca. it was beautiful to get out on the lake in kayaks, Toby and Felix shared, Dad and Tash shared and i went with the guide in a canoe, where I didn’t have to paddle nor did I get wet unlike the others. Felix and Toby took this as an opportunity to...

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Aug 22, 2015 - The Andean Explorer to Puno

So we are sad to leave Cusco as we really enjoyed our time here, but again we are off on another adventure. We left The Monasterio at 7.15 for a short trip to a different train station to board The Andean Explorer for our 10+ hour journey to Puno. We arrived at the station shortly before 7.30 and true to form Carmen arrived with our tickets shortly after. We almost immediately boarded the train and found our “armchairs” which were to be our home for the next 10 hours. as well as the 4 carriages there was also a bar carriage and the...

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May 6, 2015 - Puno, Peru and Lake Titicaca

The day we toured Machu Picchu we left by train back to the Sacred Valley where we went straight to a private bus and on to Cusco to the same hotel we started from, arriving about 9 pm. It was a long day and we were all very tired. I was feeling my sickest and asked Carlos, our tour guide, if he could book me a private room. I didn't want to make Leonor sick and I would rest better alone. That was an additional $150, but worth it for the rest. Next day was a free day and most of the others went on a tour of some salt flats and Inca ruins....

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Jun 29, 2014 - Lake Titicaca, Peru

Saturday 28th June 2014 Puno to Lake Titicaca (homestay), Peru This morning we had breakfast in the hotel and were picked up by bici-taxies for our transfer down to the port. Puno has quite a large port as it is the main tourist set off point for the Uros Islands as well as the other Peruvian Islands on Lake Titicaca. The lake is shared by Peru (60%) and Bolivia (40%). Our group then boarded our boat with about 8 other people and headed out to the Uros Islands (floating reed islands) about 30 minutes away. We spent about an hour or so there...

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Jun 27, 2014 - Cusco to Puno, Peru

Friday 27th June 2014 Cusco to Puno, Peru Today we left Cusco after being in this area for 10 days. We stayed all but one night in our hotel in Cusco. The one night we spent out of Cusco was at Aguas Calientes, when we visited Machu Picchu. We had breakfast in the hotel, packed our bags and we were transported to the truck park where we loaded them all onto our new truck "Frank". This truck has the same number of seats with a slightly different configuration to Magaly, our previous truck, but we only have 2 more days driving in the truck on...

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Oct 13, 2013 - Lake Titicaca

We spent a day on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world at 3287 metres above sea level. We visited the floating islands of Uros (also known as People of the Lake) which have been built from layers of totora reeds. Amazing that people can actually live on these floating reeds and amazing to watch the simple (ie easy to understand) demonstration of how the islands are constructed. We were treated to a traditional boat ride and were entertained (and amused) by children singing songs in various languages. From here a long boat...

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Oct 12, 2013 - The Andean Explorer

Today we board the exquisite Andean Explorer to travel by rail through a route initially dominated by the Andean Mountains and the meandering Huatonay River and then through the gentler rolling Andean Plains. Lots of farming land here with small herds of vicunas, alpacas, cows and sheep. We stopped at La Raya, the highest point of the journey at 4321 metres above sea level. Entertainment was provided along the way - fashion parade, Pisco sour demonstration and tasting, singing and dancing. A comfortable way to spend 10++ hours.

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Oct 7, 2013 - Lago Titicaca

Vi tog på vores første weekendtur ud af Cusco til Lake Titicaca, billederne er for længst på facebook men jeg snød jer for billeder af mig i typisk inka dress så de kommer her. Jeg stoppede med antibiotika mod min maveinfektion fredag, og vi tog afsted samme aften med natbussen mod Puno. Det var min første oplevelse med sådan en bus, turen varede syv timer og var faktisk ret behagelig, jeg sov eller blundede hele turen. Vi ankom til Puno kl 5 om morgenen og havde intet at lave før kl 6.30 så vi satte os til at vente på busstationen....

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Sep 13, 2013 - The Amazon Jungle

Okay, last entry I promise! We've given up our altitude meds for malaria meds and are on to the last leg of our journey... After recovering in Cuzco for a day, we caught a flight to Peurto Maldonado in the jungle. Flying within Peru is interesting, your boarding pass will say something like 10:30am. This means you will be boarding perhaps some time that day if lucky and 10:30 is just a rough guide! When we landed the HOT, humid air hit us like a rock! I don't know how people live here, there is just no relief! we took a motorized canoe up...

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Sep 13, 2013 - The Inca Trail !

We are finally back in civilization...better late than never ! After Puno we took a long bus ride to the city of Cuzco. I was still sick so took gravel and Imodium and just slept for the whole ride. Cuzco is a very cool city, it was the head quarters of the Inca people so there is so much history here. Plus it is the gathering point for all hikers preparing for the Inca Trail so there was lots of excited travelers. We set out early in the am for "km 82" which is the hike start point. Our giude, Gabby, has done the trail once and says she...

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